University Orthopedics celebrates record growth


University Orthopedics finished a banner year of unprecedented growth. In May, the group celebrated the opening of its 90,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art medical office and surgery center at 1 Kettle Point in East Providence. Their Kettle Point location offers the latest in orthopedic treatments, as well as beautiful views of the Providence River.

On the other side of the bay, University Orthopedics also opened OrthoDirect West in West Warwick this past September to treat acute orthopedic injuries. This follows the opening of a new East Greenwich site in 2017.

The expansion of University Orthopedics has been in the works for four to five years, according to University Orthopedics President Edward Akelman, M.D. “The question was ‘how do we provide the highest quality orthopedic care integrated with world class education and research for our patients?’ ” Akelman says, “The extension of that mission is our new facilities, where everything is patient-friendly and easily accessible.”

Patients have access to every kind of orthopedics at the Kettle Point and East Greenwich sites – primary care orthopedics, sports medicine, injection suites and a surgery center (at Kettle Point). “If you’re a patient with a musculoskeletal problem,” says Akelman, “you can walk in and get all of your care at these facilities.”

The Kettle Point site features professional design aesthetics, showcasing Smart Building Technology integrated with the highest level of interior fit-out and finishes available in the market. Each suite is designed to reflect the particular needs of the orthopaedic specialty area it serves. An Ambulatory Surgical Center, state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging (MRI, X-ray, and EOS low radiation X-ray) and physical therapy/rehabilitation facilities feature prominently in the scope of services offered. Spacious free parking and other on-site amenities make it especially patient-friendly. University Orthopedics credits builder Michael Integlia with helping to make it into the wonderful facility that it is.

Focused entirely on the patient experience, this innovative facility – along with the East Greenwich and West Warwick sites – offers comprehensive orthopedic care, including access to physicians across all sub-specialties of orthopedics: cartilage replacement, foot and ankle, hand and wrist, joint replacement, paediatrics, orthopedic oncology, spine, sports medicine, shoulder and elbow, trauma and fractures.
In addition, University Orthopedics OrthoDIRECT facility provides patients with access to acute orthopedic care, offering same-day and next-day appointments. OrthoDIRECT is staffed by orthopedic-trained physicians to ensure that all patients receive an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan.

On-site X-ray technology is available to provide an expeditious assessment of orthopedic needs. Patients are treated at OrthoDIRECT for: new and acute problems without previous treatments, sprains, strains and other musculoskeletal acute injuries, possible fractures (for open or displaced fractures patients should seek treatment at the Emergency Room).

The opening of these facilities — Kettle Point in East Providence, West Warwick and East Greenwich — ensures that there are convenient locations for patients of University of Orthopedics in both the East and West Bay.

“We’ve noticed that the new facilities not only enhance patient experience, they create a more positive and productive work environment for our staff,” says Akelman.

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